Faculty of Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics

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Dr. Shagata Mukherjee
Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta, USA.
  • Teaches courses in behavioural and experimental economics, development economics, and public policy at MDAE.

  • Dr. Shagata's work has a strong focus on the role of gender, social contexts and norms on policies. His research examines how to reduce the risk of default among microfinance borrowers, and sheds new light on the conventional wisdom that women are better borrowers than men in microfinance.

    Prof. Mukherjee has presented his research at the University of Chicago, George Mason University, International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington D.C, Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries in Norwich, UK, Spanish Economic Association Meetings in Bilbao, Spain, Delhi School of Economics and Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, Nuffield (University of Oxford) – FLAME among others.

    Prof. Mukherjee enjoys teaching in an interactive way and teaches courses in Microeconomics, Behavioral and Experimental Economics, and Public Policy of Development at the Academy. Prof. Mukherjee has a joint appointment with the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, University of Mumbai.
    Dr. Sandhya Krishnan
    Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam
  • MA in Economics from the University of Mumbai
  • Teaches courses in the areas of applied econometrics and development economics

  • Sandhya has earlier worked at the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, University of Mumbai, at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and at the EPW Research Foundation in different capacities. She has also been a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Securities Markets and Quant RoboAnalytics Solutions, where she has taught courses on data science and business analytics. Sandhya has published papers in journals such as the Economic and Political Weekly and with publishing houses such as Routledge.
    Shailesh Goregaokar
    Visiting Faculty
  • Masters in Mathematics and a Masters in Computer Science from IIT Bombay
  • Worked in the IT industry for almost 30 years before taking up his passion, teaching

  • As a part of the corporate world, he had organized and taught in technical training programs. He is also part of visiting faculty at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai where he has taught cross-faculty courses in Mathematics for the Economics, Life Science and Microbiology Departments. His style of teaching is to drill-in concepts in an intuitive way making use of thought-provoking puzzles, examples and class participation. His class sessions build students’ aptitude in the subject while being thoroughly enjoyable.
    Amlesh Kanekar
    Visiting faculty
    • Electrical Engineering - Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI)
    • Worked as Senior Director, Digital Banking Consulting, Oracle Financial Services Software
    Amlesh Kanekar has 30 years of experience in Information Technology in the Banking & Finance domain. His first 8 years were in Tata Unisys Limited (now merged into Tata Consultancy Services), followed by the next 10 years as an international independent consultant on Unisys products and finally the last 12 years with Oracle Financial Services Software Limited (OFSS). His Leadership roles include Global Consulting Head for Digital Banking, Product development head for Digital Banking, Product QA head for Core Banking and Digital Banking, Delivery head for the virtual bank in Japan for Core Banking & Digital Banking
    Dr. Durgesh Tinaikar
    Visiting Faculty
  • Electrical Engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI)
  • Master in Management Studies (MMS) (Finance) from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS)
  • Ph.D. from “The American University”, Washington, D.C.

  • Dr. Tinaikar has been a career banker with more than three decades of banking experience mainly in Corporate & Investment Banking and has worked with ICICI, The World Bank and IFC, Washington D.C., and international banks such as Standard Chartered Bank, Societe General – The French & International Bank, DBS Bank Ltd. in India and Singapore and Mizuho Bank Ltd. belonging to the Japanese Financial Group Mizuho where he worked for almost 13 years in Singapore and India. Prior to his retirement in March this year from Mizuho Dr Tinaikar was Managing Director & Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking for India. He has also done stints with the erstwhile Tata Engineering & Locomotive Company Ltd. (now Tata Motors) as a graduate trainee engineer and Larsen & Toubro as Jt. General Manager - Office of the Chairman & MD. He has also attended an Executive Program in investment banking and corporate finance at Kellog School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago. Since the year 1990 after he returned from the U.S. Dr. Tinaikar has been associated as visiting faculty in the subjects “International Finance” and “Derivatives & amp; Risk Management” with several reputed India B-Schools like JBIMS, SPJIMR, IIM-A and IIM-B. Dr. Tinaikar is a recipient of several awards such as Chairman’s Special Award at Standard Chartered Bank and President’s award on several occasions at Mizuho Bank for his contribution to business development.
    Suneel Sarswat
    Visiting Faculty
  • Masters in Applied Statistics from Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  • Masters in Computer Science from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
  • Pursuing Ph.D. from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in School of Theoretical Computer Science (STCS)

  • Suneel Sarswat has more than 12 years of teaching experience. Earlier he had worked for Bank of America as a Research Associate for a hedge fund group. He teaches machine learning, data science, computational finance portfolio optimization, numerical methods, and simulations. He has worked on several research and corporate projects. He has also taught/conducted corporate training programs. His current research interest is in formal methods and theoretical computer science applications in finance.
    Avadhoot Nadkerni
    Visiting Faculty He has also taught at the St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and the SNDT Women’s University; and, on a visiting basis at the IIMs, Ahmedabad and Indore, and the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. His areas of interest include International Economics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics.
    Aritra Chakrabarty
    Visiting Faculty With over five years of experience in the development sector, Aritra Chakrabarty has worked on various social issues and helped organizations create their research designs. He hold a post graduate degree in economics with specialization in development studies from Symbiosis International University. Currently, he is working on sustainability consulting, an area of deep research interest.
    Shailesh Dhuri
    Visiting Faculty
  • Executive Director at Decimal Point Analytics
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI)

  • Shailesh Dhuri, a financial professional, has more than 13-years of experience in Fund Management, Trading, and Research. He heads strategy and new product development at Decimal Point Analytics. He also started India’s first Money Market Mutual Fund and first private sector primary dealership fund. He was also part of the team to start India’s first private sector commercial bank.

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